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Location: Sandburg is a 4k-5th Grade School located on the North East side of Madison near the Dane County Regional Airport.  

Mission Statement: Our mission is to create the best possible conditions for students to learn and grow as global thinkers, high acLibrarian coding with studentshievers, and inspired citizens who leave Sandburg prepared to pursue their dreams and contribute to the common good.

Class Size: The class size for grades 4K-3rd is no more than 18:1 or 30:2. In 4th & 5th grade classes range from 15-24 students. Our total enrollment is approximately 450.

Technology: Sandburg has made major investments in technology. Every 2nd through 5th-grade student receives an iPad and bluetooth keyboard. Our school also has laptops, interactive whiteboards and netbooks. With these amazing devices we strive for greater efficiency, ability to communicate more rapidly, instant access to the best thinking in the world, and greatly improved record-keeping for student performance.The world is literally in your hands at Sandburg! 

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
The goal of Talented and Gifted (TAG) programming is to make certain K-12 students consistently have learning opportunities that are challenging, systematic and continuous based on learning profile, readiness and student interest.

Student learning experiences include a broad range of opportunities that pushes a student to their next level of challenge and allows them to develop their talents. TAG programming may occur in the classroom, or in other settings. TAG programming is determined by ongoing evaluation and assessment of individual student needs. Each school has TAG resource support for ongoing consultation.

Special Classes: Sandburg provides experiences in art, music, physical education and technology.

Special Programs: These include strings, lunchtime groups and some after-school clubs.

Bus Service: Elementary school-aged students (4-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade) who live in the MMSD and who attend their attendance area MMSD school are eligible for District-provided, yellow bus transportation if their pick-up location (residence or childcare location) is located more than one and one-half (1.5) miles from the attendance area elementary school or they reside in an area identified as an unusually hazardous zone in which transportation is offered. For the current listing of our school's bus routes, along with pick up and drop off times and locations please click here.

Hot Lunch Program

Our school provides a daily hot lunch program to our students. Click here for the most recent lunch menu.

Meal Prices

USDA Breakfast
Reduced and Free.................... No Charge
Elementary Full Pay.................. $1.25

USDA Lunch
Reduced..................................     .40
Elementary Full Pay.................. $2.60


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After School Care: Safe Haven is a in school afterschool childcare program that serves students in KG-5th grade. The program runs daily until 5:45pm (including early release days). For more information please contact Jerimiah Covington at  or (608) 422-2955.

School Climate

We have historically had more happy and hopeful students and staff than many schools in the District, including those with considerably less poverty or other challenges (based on Gallup survey polls).

Safety is a priority! Playgrounds are supervised 15 minutes before school and during all recesses. A city crossing guard assists children at the Portage Road crossing. Bus transportation is provided for children living more than 1.5 miles from school in school buses.

Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution: Training is provided for all students. Teachers and support staff teach problem solving skills geared to successfully handle conflict.


Family Partnerships: These include Sandburg tutors, volunteers, the school's Parent Teacher Association, African-American Support Group, and our Latino Family Group.

Community Partnerships: Sandburg's partnership with Target, a local retail store, provides many school benefits. Sandburg has enjoyed a partnership with Herzing College to provide new computers for our computer lab. We have also been working with the University of Phoenix and McKinstry Corporation, among others.

University Partnerships: The school benefits from student teachers who attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Whitewater and Edgewood College.